Tuesday, July 26, 2016

3 stars-- Don't Let Go (Hope #6) by Jaci Burton

A heroine with a passion for baking and setting down roots, a sweets loving hero who dreams of escaping connections, a cute pooch who charms them all, and lots of heat? Yeah, Don't Let Go was a good time.

The quick of it is that Brady is biding his time until he's saved up enough funds to start a bike shop somewhere else. He doesn't want ties to the community or to settle down. But everything and everyone around him? Hell bent and determined to get this man attached. To the town, to the people, to the girl, to a sweet little pup all by itself. Hope may just become home after all.

So. I had a good time with this one but at the same time it wasn't a perfect read for me...


She blinked. "Yes?"

"Where do you want me?"

She supposed "In my bed" would be an inappropriate response...
 What worked for me!

I really loved both Brady and Megan. They're fun people who are passionate about what they do--he does custom paint jobs for bikes and she's a baker. I loved seeing that spark that lit in them when they were working. They were both a little damaged but not too much. He was cute and a reluctant socializer. She's a caretaker and both kind and sweet.

They were pretty hot together. The sex scenes were steamy and plentiful. They also did a lot of stuff out of bed that was fun like going on a poker run for charity which was neat to see.

I love love love his puppy! Brady found a little dog and totally rocked at being a puppy daddy. It was so cute and totally adorable. Yall. He even got little goggles so the pup could bike ride with him. It was so cute!

The food was yummy too. Megan's a baker and that's one of the ways she shows people how much she cares about them. And she cares a LOT! lol Muffins and strudel and cheesecakes and cupcakes and cookies and omg I wanted to go to the bakery up the street and just eat all the goodies.
Her gaze was heated. "Maybe we'll delve more deeply into that over dessert."

He reached for her hand, his thumb brushing over hers. "How about that dessert right now?"

"You haven't finished your pork chops."

"Yeah, but you're talking about sex. And sex trumps pork chops any day of the week."

"But I made actual dessert."

He refused to be deterred. "Again...sex."

Her lips curved. "I don't know, Brady. I made cheesecake."

He opened his mouth, then closed it. Then sighed. "Damn. I really like cheesecake."

"I know you do."

"Then again, I really like you naked, too. Tough call."
What didn't quite work.

There was SOOOOO much page time devoted to everyone else in town. I like catching up with past characters but it felt like a good 50% of the book was them going to events and gatherings with her friends then his new friends then all the friends and it was just too much. Baby shower, book club, basketball games, dinner out, birthdays, baby being born, another baby being born, group work day on someone's house, BBQ, wedding, visiting the babies!, men suck party, another night out for drinks or dinner. It was just excessive and I quickly became bored of the group time and them rehashing the same things over an over again when they got together. Everyone wanting babies, talking about the babies, pushing Brady and Megan together, asking how they were doing and this person was doing and on and on. I had to force myself not to skim. Just too much.

So, Don't Let Go, was a hard one for me to rate. Brady and Megan and their romance? I'd give them a four star even though their relationship was heavy on the sex and light on everything else. It was still pretty solid and I enjoyed my time with them. They were funny and touching and easy to be with. When all the other elements are added in, though, it lands the overall book on a 3. It was just too much of everyone else and instead of adding to the romance and story they were a detractor.

Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close—until he meets Megan.

Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart—unless she can convince him to let go of the past...

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